Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Glenn Vilppu, a legendary instructor and artist. His teaching had a significant impact on my life and career. Mr. Vilppu and I had a conversation and I got to ask him some of the questions you guys submitted.
Glenn Vilppu’s website:
- What part of being an artist do you enjoy most?
- Can you recommend a weekly schedule for a studying regime?
- What do you like to do to warm up?
- Is there any problem using a ruler or calipers in drawing, is it better to just use your eyes to measure proportions?
- Favorite color?
- Favorite drawing medium?
- Why do some artists draw a sketch before painting and others paint a la prima?
- I’ve been drawing for years, but I still have trouble making bold, decisive strokes. What do you think about this?
- what do u enjoy more, the process or the end product of your hard work?
- How much time should I spent drawing from observation vs. imagination, and what should I be aware of so that I’m always learning and not just copying the model?
- As you are arranging the model for a figure drawing, what do you look for? Position of body and limbs? Lighting? Facial expression?
- How do beginning artists work through the growing pains of being in the same classroom as more advanced artists.
- Have you encountered many artists who have a severe lack of self-confidence?
- Did you ever doubt yourself when you were starting out or at any time in your career?
- When you draw complete gestures, they come out proportionally close to the finish.
- Is this purely from experience, or do you “see checkpoints” that you don’t actually draw?